Banner Theater

458 S. Main Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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One of many small theaters that were dotted along South Main Street, the original entertainment street in downtown before S. Broadway became the favoured entertainment street.

The Film Daily Yearbook, 1926 gives a seating capacity for 350. Oddly in 1941 a seating capacity of 630 is given. In the 1950 edition it is given as 400. There is no listing given at all in the 1952 edition (maybe it had closed?)

However I have a gay guidebook for Los Angeles, dated 1977 which lists the Banner Theater screening gay male porn movies.

The Banner Theater has been torn down and replaced by a parking lot, which lasted until May 2011, when construction was begun on a new building for the site.

Contributed by KenRoe

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 12, 2007 at 4:03 am

Here is an early 70s ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/ypm5gy

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 28, 2007 at 8:19 pm

Here is a 1912 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/ystzn6

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on March 11, 2008 at 12:23 am

RE: vokoban and everybody, you might be interested to know the full story of the “1 and ½ ton music box organ” that was in the Banner Theatre.

It is actually a Wurlitzer model 29-C Mandolin PianOrchestra orchestrion, which, in the interim, spent time at Knott’s Berry Farm (among other places), but now has just been fully restored and is in a private collection in Florida. More pictures and information here (especially click on the last two photos at the bottom of the page: they take you to pages with lots of detail shots of the gorgeous interior!):

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decoteau
decoteau on March 11, 2008 at 2:01 am

The address listed is for the REGENT theatre. Looks like it will become a live music venue in a month or two.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 4, 2009 at 3:56 pm

There is a 1983 photo on this site. The theater was in Los Angeles, not Long Beach, despte the caption.
http://tinyurl.com/cazopo

femmeshui
femmeshui on August 15, 2010 at 8:48 am

The Banner appears in an episode of Cagney and Lacey, season 2 episode 13 “Affirmative Action”. the camera focuses on The Banner then pans up the block towards The Regent Theater.

BillCounter
BillCounter on March 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm

A couple of shots from the 1959 Universal-International release “Too Soon To Love” mentioned above by vokoban and haineshisway in their 2007 posts. The film also shows the Galway.

We get Jennifer West and Richard Evans on Main Street. They’re driving by prior to taking a walk to look for an abortionist.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 1, 2011 at 11:53 am

You can see the Banner, and the Regent farther down, in this 1981 photo from the LAPL:
http://tinyurl.com/3ss9ubf

BillCounter
BillCounter on April 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm

That 1981 photo is a neat one. Nice research!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 1, 2011 at 10:03 pm

The caption on the photo was continuing problems at the Belmont Bar, which can be seen in the photo. The bar and its troublesome patrons are long gone.

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